|April 8, 2013
I have been
so angered/saddened/disgusted since
Arnold was officially deported in November that I haven't made it to
the website to provide an update. I have started to on a number of occasions,
and I find myself at a loss for words. This has been so long
coming, all the precedent has been established, and yet I'm still
utterly shocked. It is outrageous on any and every kind of moral scale.
There is no *human* justification for what has happened. I have found it very, very
difficult to abide.
But, abiding, I have been done. ("Trouble
is you gotta have yourself an alternate plan." - AD)
in Italy now. The country of his birth, but one he hasn't been to in 52
years. He started Kindergarten in the United States, he grew up on
Bonanza, and he served six years in the US military. Prior to
November 2012, the most Italian thing about Arnold was Sunday
dinners at his Mom's house and a love of the Godfather movies.
Everything about Arnold (Arnaldo) Giammarco is American, and every
Italian he meets in Italy considers him as such. But, Italy is his
home now. They could take out the downer part about the wife, child, and elderly parents that he was forced to leave
behind and turn it into a sitcom. (Remember I Married Dora?
Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano could do cameos.)
Arnold was 19 when he enlisted in the Army, and he was American
enough for the government to accept six years of his life in
exchange for a photo in front of a flag. And now he is 4,200 miles
away, and he's not ever allowed to come back.
We're leaving on April 11th to go see Arnold. I cannot wait to see
my sister, niece and brother-in-law reunited at last.
I had to be careful what I said on here while Arnold was locked up
for the past two years. Homeland Security would check up on this
page and I didn't want to say anything that would reflect badly on
Arnold. I even used to get naively excited to see a web hit from
DHS, believing someone might read it who could and would help us.
(Stupid, stupid me.)
That's over now. This is only my opinion, and as such, I want it to
be known. I do not speak for Arnold, or his family. I can only
speak for me, Amy, and what I have witnessed go down.
I live with my sister and niece now. My niece is four. She asks when
Daddy is going to call, not when he's coming home. Because Daddy is NEVER coming home.
US Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Pres.
Barack Obama, and William Clinton*, with every ounce of sincerity in
my heart - Fuck You All for what you've done.
*for that *terrible* '96 legislation